Here I am, home again and rested up. Oh, what a wonder California is to a winter locked Montanan. You step off the plane and instantly you shed your coat and start to smile. Even tho we had some issues with flights (lots of delays and we had fog in Missoula so we couldn't fly out for 4 hours!) and didn't get to our hotel till 10:00 (instead of 3) we were happy. Our room was lovely, with a view of the parks. We ran into some sprinkles on only the first day, but we never seemed to get caught in them. We were always inside sipping coffee or riding a ride. And we discovered something, when the day is gray, a lot of folks do not show up. The streets were wide open and the wait times were low. It was lovely! We played and frolicked and walked and walked and walked....lol And we soaked in that lovely sunshine. It was lovely being together each day, joined at the hip, enjoying that thing that is called Disneyland Geekdom.
Our first character sighting was good ole Mickey Mouse! And later we ran into Miss Mary Poppins herself. I must say I was very excited for the Kale and Grapefruits hanging in the trees.
Tomorrow Land is now Star Wars Land, but I don't mind a bit. I love Star Wars! I get a kick out of the Stormtroopers who accost everyone, and folks use the line - "These are not the droids you are looking for." in response....lol Hubby met Boba Fett one of his favs (he has a full costume he made by scratch at home) And I was happy to find my new drink container, Chewbacca for my collection.
The parks are just so pretty! Lots of flowers and birds. Real and topiary. I loved sitting on a bench in front of the castle and eating my Dole Whip and just - being.
The Shows! We were able to take in Frozen the Musical, Mickey's Magical Map, Beauty and Beast and Tangled (the latter two which are done in skit form) which were incredible. And when I get a little weary, I just head over to the Animation Academy. As you sit on a cushy couch, music fills the room from favorite Disney movies and clips from the films fill the multiple screens that surround the room. You are in a cocoon of Disney and it is just beautiful.
I found not only a delicious cupcake (with real raspberries hidden inside) but a new Mickey Mouse hat. If you look to the very right of it, you can see my homage to the movie, "UP" with my Ellie pin button in Fanta orange. :)
I make the hubby try on hats and he does the same to me...lol Do you prefer the flyboy or the yeti? There you see my latest popcorn container. I collect these and display them at work, this one I cheerfully carried around the park, beaming like a fool....lol
Nighttime in the parks is amazing. We were able to watch The World of Color and take in the Electrical Light Parade that is back! From the first strands of that familiar music (Baroque Hoedown) we were bobbing up and down. The last time we had seen this parade was when we had brought our girls to the park in 1996.
The day came when we had to leave and it was hard, but I have to admit my feet were sore and I really didn't want to walk anymore...lol We bid Walt a good-bye and swore we would be back next year, God willing. :) Always, Kit
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